COINS winter school 2017 in Finse

Welcome to the Finse winter school 2017

finse-utsiktThe COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security organizes a research course in Information Security at Finse, May 7 – 12, 2017. The course is open for Ph.D. students in information security as well as for researchers in academia, government and industry in Norway needing an advanced knowledge of information security. The research course has been organized annually since 2008, previously supported by NISNet and FRISC.

The lecturers are leading international researchers in their field and they provide the participants with a unique opportunity to listen to world famous keynote speakers and to interact with international experts in information security.

Important dates:

Applications via the registration form

Please register before 15 March 2017. Open until fully booked.

Winter school: Sunday 7/5 to Friday 12/5


Finse is a very beautiful and scenic area close to the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. The winter school will be held at the hotel Finse 1222 (located at the railway station Finse) between Bergen and Oslo, 1222 meters above sea level. Finse is located 2.5 hours from Bergen (or 4 hours from Oslo) and can only be reached by train. During the winter school, even if this is in the beginning of May, there is still winter season and excellent cross-country skiing conditions. We plan to have talks in the morning and early in the evening with time for skiing in between.


Katrin Franke and Carl Leichter (digital forensics)
Kristian Gjøsteen (post-quantum cryptography)
Marta Gomez-Barrero (biometrics)
Kjell Jørgen Hole (anti-fragile systems).
Håvard Raddum (cryptography and applied data security)


Sunday 7/5 Travel to Finse by train (skiing is also an option, technically)
2100 Common dinner

Monday 8/5
0900-1230 TBD
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 TBD

Tuesday 9/5
0900-1230 TBD
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 TBD

Wednesday 10/5
0900-1230 TBD
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 TBD

Thursday 11/5
0900-1230 TBD
1230-1400 Lunch
1700-1900 TBD

Friday 12/5
0900-1200 TBD
1200-1230 Final discussions
1230-1400 Lunch

Programme committee

Øyvind Ytrehus, UiB (chair)
Tor Helleseth, COINS steering committee, UiB
Hanno Langweg, COINS Scientific Director, NTNU

IMT6002 3 ECTS

Participants can register for the IMT6002 COINS Winter School course at NTNU. Successful completion is documented with 3 ECTS that can be used towards the taught component of a Ph.D. programme. COINS students can register free of charge for IMT6002. Students outside of COINS might be subject to an administrative fee. Please contact us if you are interested.

Students enrolling in IMT6002 need to actively participate in the winter school and document this participation. This comprises:

  • A presentation of the student’s own research. Depending on the stage of the student, the presentation should focus on research questions, research methods, and/or results. Students need to be able to discuss their presentation with the audience. Before the presentation, students need to provide an extended abstract of their presentation, 2 pages A4, submitted as pdf to no later than Tuesday 2017-05-02T2359.
  • Students need to ask at least one question per day and need to document the question and answer in a reflection report.
  • A report on the winter school, summarizing all sessions, establishing connections between the topics of the session and the impact on the student’s own Ph.D. project. Minimum 6 pages A4, submitted as pdf to no later than Monday 2017-05-29T2359.

Contributions will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Practical information

For all practical purposes, you will need to take a train to get to Finse. Check NSB for Minipris tickets to keep your travel costs low.

There is Wifi internet access at Finse.


COINS students/faculty: COINS covers travel and accommodation using the least expensive practical alternative. COINS will book the hotel rooms. You need to pay for your travel and will be reimbursed later following the usual procedures. Depending on the total number of participants, students may be asked to share rooms. If you have preferences on sharing, please let us know.

SWITS/MyPhD/COINS partner students: COINS covers travel and accommodation under the same conditions as for COINS students. The offer is limited to a certain number of students. Students need to write a travel report reflecting on their experience and need to send us a picture of them wearing a COINS t-shirt in a winter school session.

Other students/faculty/participants from industry/public sector: COINS covers accommodation at Finse under the same conditions as for COINS partner students, but participants have to cover their travel themselves. In addition, a fee of 5000 NOK is to be paid for the first participant from an organisation. Additional participants from the same organisation are requested to pay a fee of 9000 NOK. If you would love to attend, but could not because of a lack of funds, please get in touch with us. We have a limited support budget for students that do research in the field of computer and information security and who make a compelling case on why their attendance would contribute to the winter school.